Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Event: White Squirrel Festival in Brevard NC

May 27 - 29, 2016      White Squirrel Festival   Go Nuts in Downtown Brevard, "Where Music Meets the Mountains". A full weekend of free, live music and nutty family fun with a special evening concert Friday night by Town Mountain. 

The Festival includes more than a dozen free concerts. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better than ever - with the Memorial Day Parade, the Annual Squirrel Box Derby, white squirrel guided tours, white squirrel exhibit, children’s village and white squirrel photo contest. 

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Also back this year is the Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race/Competitive Walk, along with a 1-mile kids' fun run. Find out why the White Squirrel Festival was voted "Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina". 

This event is held in beautiful downtown Brevard NC.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mountain Spirits: Wine Tastings and Beer Tasting and Events for Memorial Day Weekend

May 27 - June 4, 2016    Asheville Beer Week   This Annual event offers eight full days of celebrating all things beer in Asheville NC. The week of events will include tastings, dinners, beer education, keynote speakers, and other beer-related fun (and nonsense). Asheville Beer Week culminates with Asheville’s Beer City Festival where dozens of breweries (and plenty of live music) are slated to appear on Roger McGuire Green. 

May 28, 2016    16th Annual NC Wine Festival   Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 PM. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries. Once your glass is filled groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.

May 28, 2016    Beer City Festival   Downtown Asheville's annual craft beer festival, this Beer City Fest brings the best local and regional breweries from Asheville and surrounding areas together for a great day of beer and music. This year's event features more than 30 breweries with 70+ local beers and local live music performers.  1 PM - 6 PM.

May 28, 2016    Papertown Brew and Que  (Canton)  Papertown’s first-ever Craft Beer and BBQ Festival. this is not your ordinary Brisket & Brew Event. This festival will showcase the talents of many local craft brewers as well as the flavors of southern BBQ at its best. Enjoy live Mountain Music, kids activities and much more. This is a family-friendly event and tickets are available for non-drinkers, too. Admission: $35 for those 21 years and older, which includes a brewers taster glass; $8 for non-drinkers. Free 12-years and under.   

May 28 - 29, 2016  Lee Linsey Tall Poppy Tour and Memorial Veterans Special at South Creek Winery   Lee is an International Artist who has released her 3rd CD and brings her quirky blend of folk, pop and country twist to South Creek. As a salute to  past  present Military Veterans receive 2 for 1 tastings and 10% off all bottle purchases. Music is provided to South Creek customers at no admission fee. Tasting room is open at 11 AM, Music starts at 1 PM. 

May 26, 2016 at  Heinzelmannchen Brewery, 545 Mill Street in Sylva NC - Live Original Music by Henry Wong.  6 PM - 8 PM - Start you Memorial Day Weekend off right.  NEW- Chocolate and Beer Paring: The Brewery is offering a four chocolate, four beer sample pairing on a regular basis beginning this week.  For $11, plus tax stop by and savor Baxley's Chocolates and Heinzelmannchen beer!

May 26, 2016 at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC  5 - 7 PM   A tasting with the inimitable Amy from Oskar Blues.  Try out some new things, revisit some classics, and take your taste buds to the limit.

Beerito Mexican Lager - "Beerito is a light bodied, amber Mexican lager brewed with premium German and coloRADo sourced craft malts and featuring a crisp accent from noble hops."
Old Chub Scotch Style Ale - "This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don't dig dark beer."
Pinner Session IPA- "This drinkable IPA uses several varieties of hops to target the ever-evolving flavor. With tropical fruits, citrus juices, pineapple and spice berry up front in the aroma and flavor, the biscuit & toasted bread at the back balance out all the hops and make a great finish to go on to your next can of PINNER.
Gubna Imperial IPA - "Each year GUBNA is reinvented with a new hop bill."
Hot Box Coffee Porter - "This porter (30 IBUs) is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, crème brulee, cocoa, and caramel, extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate, and hints of blueberry."

May 27, 2016 from 5:30 - 8 PM at Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street in Weaverville NC:   Grilling Wines.   Stock up for your Memorial Day celebration.  Mark your calendar for Maggie B's 9th Anniversary Celebration including Buncombe Turnpike playing amazing blue grass music, plus they willl be grilling brats and serving up a low country boil. There will be  local kegs and free wine tastings.  Plus, Scribbles the Clown will be painting faces during the event.
Maggie B's will be pouring wines that are light and juicy without being sweet, perfectly paired with anything you're grilling for the holiday.

The Deal of the Week:  Belletoile Brie "70% cream, rich and buttery"  WAS: $13.99/lb.  THIS WEEK: $9.99/lb.

May 27 - June 3, 2016 at various times - Asheville Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC: Batman VS Superman Movie  Monday pizza special and Thursdays $10 growlers.

May 27, 2016 from 5 - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 in West Asheville NC: FREE Beer Tasting 
May 28, 2016 from 3 - 6 PM:  FREE Wine Tasting

May 28, 2016 from 3 - 7 PM at Appalachian Vintner, 
745 Biltmore Avenue Suite 121 in Asheville NC -   FREE WINE TASTING with a purchase of $10 (per person) or more every Saturday. The patio is now ready to roll! Beat the crowds on the slope, grab a drink (draft or wine) at the bar and hit the relax button in one of the comfy chairs. Every Sunday and Monday is $1 off full pours of draft beer DAY. Choose from 20 taps pouring the best craft beer available.

Wine Wednesday - $1 off wine by the glass and no corkage on bottles over $20.

May 28, 2016 from 10 AM - 6 PM at  Shelton Vineyards
, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC:  Corvette Auto Show  - The 6th Annual Corvette Show and Memorial Day Celebration. Veterans will be honored with free tastings and tours ( ID required) Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


May 28, 2016 at Old North State Winery, 308 N Main St in Mount Airy NC - French-inspired Wine Pairing Dinner.  Chef Chris Wishart has planned a night of wine and food that will make you feel like you are enjoying the sights of France this Saturday night. Reservations required.W C Members- $35 Per Person,  Non-Members- $42 Per Person

May 27, 2016  7 PM at  Classic Wine Cellar, 20 Church Street, Waynesville NC - James Hammel live with Guitar, Vocals.   
May 28, 2016 at 7 PM - Joe Cruz with piano and vocals performing music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel.
WOW: Wine on Wednesdays - stop by every Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM to enjoy unique varietals, regional tastings and more. Free tastings with the purchase of dinner.


May 27, 2016 from 4 - 7 PM at Table Wine,
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville NC -
Pinot Noir All the Way - Stop by the store every Friday for one of the best free wine tastings in Asheville. For this week's tasting, it's all about Pinot Noir, and this is your chance to sample our new Wine of the Weeks -- the new vintage of the Elouan Pinot Noir from Joe Wagner.

May 28, 2016 from 2 PM - 5 PM: Try Three For Free Wine Tasting
White and Red Blends featuring a trio of top flight blended wines

May 27, 2016 from  4 - 6 PM at  LaBouteille,
10 N Trade St, Suite A Tyon NC - Complimentary Wine Tastings  every Friday.   Last  Saturday of the month, 12 -7 pm complimentary informal  beer tasting.

May 27, 2016 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Brushy Mountain Winery, 125 West Main Street in Elkin NC - Live Performance by Jerry Chapman
May 28, 2016 - Cameron Matthews performs live from 6 to 8 PM. 
Tasting Rooms:

Biltmore Winery, located on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC. Daily tasting and tours with Estate admission. Special events and tastings throughout the year.

Old North State Winery, 308 North Main Street, Mount Airy NC. Tasting room open seven days a week.
Reservations are recommended for tastings and tours.  Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items. Thursdays live music at 8 PM. 

RagApple Lassie, 3724 Ragapple Lassie Lane Boonville NC.  Tours are "on demand" noon to six PM daily.
Tastings are available noon to six PM daily and include up to 11 varieties of wine.

Calaboose Cellars, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews NC.  Tasting room summer hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 8:00. 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery,  170 Heritage Vines Way in Elkin NC - Open to the public for Tours and Tastings on Saturdays and Sundays
from 1 PM to 6 PM and at other times by appointment – call (336) 366-3301 to schedule a time.

Elkin Creek Winery, 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road in Elkin NC,  Open for tastings Thursday through Sunday,
11 AM - 5 PM and other times by appointment. 

Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tasting Room Drive off of Klondike Road, 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC -  Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Saturdays open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks,   315 Thurmond PO Road in Thurmond NC - Tasting Room Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.

Round Peak Vineyard,   765 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy NC - Tasting Room Open Daily: Sun–Thurs 12 pm–5 pm;  Fri 12 pm–8 pm;  Sat 11 am–6 pm (and until Sunset Jun–Aug); By appt. other times. The Tasting Room is also a cozy place to host your private event. With space for 20-40 people depending on seating, and the ability to cater any type of food or appetizers desired, we can create the atmosphere you'd like. Available any time except the normal business hours that the Tasting Room is open.
Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC. Regular tour and tasting is offered daily departing every half hour.
This includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square-foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of five wines, and a souvenir wine glass. $5 per person.  Retail hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AN.-6 PM., and Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM (Daylight Savings Time); Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Standard Time). Tours and tastings are offered daily. The winery is open every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of additional special tours are available - reservations are required, see the website for details.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC  Open Wednesdays through Saturdays
from 11 AM to 5 PM, Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM through the year until January 1st. Tastings include the glass & are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. Music events are rain or shine and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event.

Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday 4:00 PM till 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Live music on select dates and outdoor cinema. 

Greenman Brewery, 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville NC. The tasting room is open seven days a week
at 4 o'clock, or maybe earlier.

Slightly Askew Winery, 913 North Bridge Street in  Elkin NC - Hours of operation: Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 6 PM; Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM

Stoney Knoll Vineyards, 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson NC -  Tasting Room Hours:
Regular hours March through December - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours in January and February - Fridays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Wine tasting: $7.00, Wine by the glass: $5.00. 10% Case Discount on Regular Prices (includes free wine tasting and glass)

Other Wineries and Vineyards:
Olde Mill Winery and Vineyards,  2742 Simpson Mill Road in Mount Airy NC

Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Events: Maggie Valley Spring Rally

May 27 - 29, 2016     Maggie Valley Spring Rally- Mopars & Hawgs - A Rain or Shine Event with Custom Bikes, Rat Rods, Rat Bikes  and Live Music.

Enjoy the weekend's events including concerts,  bike games, the bike show and trike show, light show,  on site hot air balloon rides, used bike corral, mechanical bull, tours and a variety of vendors. Purchase event T-shirts and enjoy a Special Guest and more.

This event is held at the Maggie Valley NC Festival Grounds.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Flat Rock Playhouse May Performances

Date:      April 28 - May 21, 2016
Event:    Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Million Dollar Quartet"  
Inspired by the true story, "Million Dollar Quartet" dramatizes the impromptu jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash and include the hit songs "Blue Suede Shoes," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Great Balls of Fire," "Hound Dog," "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On" and many more.

May 12 - 22, 2016  
Event:    Flat Rock Playhouse presents Music on the Rock: The Music of the Eagles. This tribute concert will feature the hits of the Eagles for a fun, entertaining evening At the Playhouse Downtown. Admission is $28.

Date: May 26-June 4, 2016  
Event:  The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "The Affections of May"Flat Rock Playhouse presents "The Affections of May"     Norm Foster’s most widely produced romantic comedy, "The Affections of May" is a heartwarming play centering around May Henning, the owner of a bed and breakfast in a small resort town. When her husband leaves her, she amusingly and adorably finds herself quite the center of attention. Admission: $15-$40.  Show times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 8 pm Thursday, Saturday & Sunday matinee - 2 pm. 

The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock NC. The Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 S. Main Street in Hendersonville NC

Monday, May 16, 2016

Annual Bluegrass Festival in Stecoah Valley NC

May 21, 2016    Stecoah's Annual Bluegrass Festival    Enjoy bluegrass music ALL DAY LONG outside, or inside if the weather turns bad. You''ll  also find arts, crafts and food vendors.  

Performers include Graham County Line • The Wilson Family • Jonah Riddle • The Pressley Girls  • a Jam Session with Larry Barnett and the Stecoah JAM kids. 

photo courtesy Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
The event is held at The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road in Robbinsville NC (Stecoah Valley). The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day. 11 AM - 5 PM. 


Friday, May 13, 2016

NC Whitewater Rafting on the Cheoah River

May 14 - 15, 2016      Cheoah River Release   The Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart. The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. 

With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river its size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast. Recommended for experienced paddlers only. 

Get more local information 
on the Robbinsville NC Visitor Guide


Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Village of Chimney Rock NC Hosts Spring Celebration this Weekend

May 14, 2016   SpringGo    Enjoy a day filled with Spring fun and everything from a pancake breakfast and SpringGo parade to a cow pie bingo raffle and an opportunity to find the artist in you.  

This year's SpringGo in Chimney Rock Village has something for everyone. 

Festivities begin at 7 AM and end with a special outdoor performance at The Gathering Place by the Symphony of Rutherford County

Reserve your seat to create your own work of art at View the website for complete Festival details. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Motorcycle Spring Rally in Maggie Valley NC

May   13 - 15, 2016   Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally   Come ride in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during this three day rally.  

All bikes and ages  are welcome. The gates open at 11AM and the event continues until 11 PM on Friday;  9 AM to 11 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.  

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Brian Jackson, the host of Corbin's Ride On, calls it "A world class event".  Full Throttle magazine refers to it as "riding in circles". You can ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to Cherokee, then on to Asheville and back to the rally in Maggie Valley NC. Every road is a scenic highway.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Enjoy Asheville Cocktail Week and 21 Amazing Bloody Marys

Asheville Cocktail Week returns.  Get your tickets NOW for this popular event.

Best Bloody Mary Contest continues for a FULL WEEK, from May 1 to May 8, 2016.  Your Vote Determines the Winners.  Twenty-One Asheville Bars will be serving their very best Bloody Mary to claim the title of Asheville Cocktail Week “Best Bloody Mary”, all culminating end of week on May 8 for final results.

Visit any or ALL of the contestants for the Best Bloody Mary: 

  • Bens Tune Up
    195 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC
  • Biscuit Head
    417 Biltmore Ave #4F, Asheville NC
    733 Haywood Rd, Asheville NC
  • Buffalo Nickel
    Address: 747 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
  • Carmels
    1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC  
  • Early Girl
    8 Wall St, Asheville, NC
  •  Junction
    348 Depot St #190, Asheville, NC
  •  King Daddy's Chicken & Waffles
    444 Haywood Rd #101, Asheville, NC
  •  Luellas
    501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC
  •  Mayfels
    22 College St, Asheville, NC
  •  Over Easy
    32 Broadway, Asheville, NC
  •  Salsa's
    6 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC
  •  Smokey Park Supper Club
    350 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC
  •  Stoney Knob Cafe
    337 Merrimon Ave, Weaverville, NC
  •  Strada
    27 Broadway, Asheville, NC
  •  Sunny Point
    626 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
  •  Sweet Monkey
    133 S Main St, Marshall, NC  
  • The Oyster House Brewing
    625 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC
  •  The Red Stag Grill
    11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC
  •  The Southern Bar & Kitchen
    41 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC
  •  Tupelo Honey
    12 College Street, Asheville NC
    1829 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC
  •  Wicked Weed
    91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC

Launched in 2009, ASHEVILLE FEST celebrates several signature events.  Asheville Cocktail Week brings a dozen events over an expanded week, including Cocktail Theater, Spirit Dinners, Cinco de Mayo Afterparty, Guided Cocktail Tours, a "Derby Party", and a Best Bloody Mary Contest.

The Southeastern Distilling Expo is the largest gathering of Southeastern Distilleries in one location. This is an industry expo invite for owners, managers and bartenders.

ELIXIR, in its fourth year, promises to bring yet another exciting evening of collaboration between the distilleries and local bar talent. Open to the public, this event provides a fun environment for the customers to get in front of bartenders making sample drinks in a structured competition environment, supporting their current bar tenders and discovering new favorites.

SWEET offers a decadent evening of desserts on Friday, again at the Historic Grove Arcade and the GRAND TASTING on Saturday is a smorgasbord of food, wine, beer, and spirits, culinary demonstrations, and a chance to meet authors, farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers, and much, much more. If you are interested in the the Grand Tasting VIP event, know that an entire floor has been set aside that afternoon just for you! Come sample the best food scene in the south.

Get complete details for the  
Asheville Wine and Food Festival HERE

Find Asheville NC lodging, attractions and visitor information on our Asheville NC Visitor Guide.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Milllion Dollar Quartet at The Flat Rock Playhouse

Running now through May 21, 2016 - Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by a true story, and dramatizes the impromptu jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, including the hit songs Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and many more.

Tickets from $15 to $40 and this popular performance is nearly sold out so get yours NOW.  Doors open to the theatre 30 minutes prior to each performance. Light concessions are available one hour prior to all performances and during the 15 minute intermission and include soft drinks, beer, and wine. Most performances run approximately two hours with a 15 minute intermission.

Million Dollar Quartet is performed at The Flat Rock Playhouse MAINSTAGE, 2661 Greenville Hwy in Flat Rock NC.